Family-Friendly 2-Hour Christmas Walking Tour in Reykjavik

Hallgrimskirkja church at night, with Christmas decorations.
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Fógetagarðurinn, Aðalstræti, Reykjavík, Iceland
2 hours
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Discover the magic of Christmas in Iceland with a festive-themed two-hour walking tour through Reykjavik's city center. Anyone who wants to get into the Christmas spirit and learn more about winter folklore and holiday traditions should book this family-friendly tour now.

Accompanied by an expert local tour guide, you'll visit some of the city's most popular festive attractions to learn more about the best-known Icelandic Christmas traditions. This themed walking tour will take you through the capital's streets, where you can admire the most beautiful decorations and explore Christmas market stalls, Christmas shops, and the Oslo Christmas Tree. 

Your guide will show you the most festive spots of the city center while teaching you and your group all about Icelandic folklore. They'll introduce you to the 13 Yule Lads, mountain-dwelling trolls who bring gifts — or potatoes! — to Icelandic children.

You'll also learn about their child-eating mother, Gryla, and her evil pet, the Christmas Cat.

Additionally, you'll discover what Icelanders traditionally eat and drink during Christmas. You may also be able to sample some festive treats on your walk.

You'll meet your guide at Fogetagardurinn, in central Reykjavik, to admire the ice rink, decorations, and market stalls of Ingolfur Square. Next up, you'll head towards the Oslo Christmas Tree, a great spot for some festive photos, searching for hidden Yule Lads around the city center as you go.

After this, you'll visit a few Christmassy shops and stores down the Laugavegur shopping street, giving you a chance to stock up on any goodies or trinkets that catch your eye. 

Finally, you'll walk to the magnificent Hallgrimskirkja church, a truly spectacular sight. The church is a highlight of Reykjavik and is also the largest church in the country.

The tour runs in groups of 12 people or fewer. This small group size means you'll have plenty of chances to ask your tour guide any questions you might have about Christmas in Iceland. The excursion is also perfect for families with young children, as the route is suitable for strollers or pushchairs.

Your guide will entertain and educate you on Icelandic ways and traditions throughout this two-hour walk. You'll also receive exclusive discounts at some Christmas stores and stalls around the city to make your stay in the capital even better. 

Don't miss your chance to see Reykjavik through the eyes of a local at Christmas. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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A two-hour walk around Reykjavik city center
An expert English-speaking guide
Discounts for shops, stalls, and restaurants
Information about Icelandic folklore and traditions


Cultural Activity

What to bring

Warm, winter clothing
Comfortable shoes
A waterproof coat or jacket
A fully charged camera

Good to know

The tour is suitable for all ages, and the route is accessible for wheelchair users and parents with strollers.

Please be aware that in the event of bad weather, the tour will still go ahead. The weather in Iceland can change quickly, so be prepared for rain, snow, and winds.

Please arrive at the meeting point, Fogetagardurinn, at least 5 minutes before the scheduled start time.

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